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Trends May 2023

Parul Dubey on May 5, 2023 - in News, Trends

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According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), global renewable energy capacity amounted to 3,372 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2022, some 295 GW (9.6 percent) higher than the previous year. Approximately 83 percent of all new power capacity in 2022 was from renewables. Solar and wind energy dominated the renewable capacity expansion, jointly accounting for 90 percent of all net renewable additions in 2022.

Almost half of the new capacity was added in Asia. China was the largest contributor, adding 141 GW to Asia’s new capacity. Renewables in Europe and North America grew by 57.3 GW and 29.1 GW respectively, while the Middle East recorded its highest increase in renewables on record, with 3.2 GW of new capacity commissioned in 2022, an increase of 12.8 percent from the previous year.

Read the full report at bit.ly/3LgSM8D.

Resilient Roads ‘Innovators and Influencers’ Raising Awareness, Innovation and Action

The resilience of roads and highways is critical for protecting lives and property, reducing economic losses and maintaining mobility in times of crisis. The Resilient Roads Roundtable is a council of transportation infrastructure luminaries and their organizations with a common interest in improving the resiliency and longevity of North American roadways. The group recently released its “Spring 2023 Innovators and Influencers” list, showcasing infrastructure leaders who have been making extraordinary contributions to improve road resilience materials and methods.

The spring 2023 list features seven resilience leaders, ranging from department of transportation officials and academic researchers to transportation engineering firm executives and technology pioneers. Included in the new Resilient Roads Roundtable list is Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation and president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, who has been a vocal advocate for enhanced road resilience. Also included is Dr. Stephen E. Flynn, professor of Political Science and founding director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, whose thought leadership established him as one of the world’s leading experts on critical infrastructure.

To see more details about the “Spring 2023 Resilient Roads Roundtable Innovators and Influencers,” visit the group’s website at ResilientRoadways.com.

As part of its annual support to transit systems nationwide, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published details (at bit.ly/3H77tZs) about the formula funding that helps communities maintain and operate the trains, buses and ferries that provide more than half a million transit trips every month. In 2023, a total of $14 billion is being invested in states and transit agencies to help improve public transportation, meeting local goals such as upgrading stations and tracks, transitioning to next-generation buses, planning and designing new transit corridors, and providing specialized service for seniors and riders with disabilities. 

The National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council issued its “2022 Moving Forward Report,” which looks closely at the relationship between the climate emergency and the built environment, charting a path toward decarbonization of U.S. buildings.

The report specifically examines opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. building sector and provides recommendations for accelerating reductions in embodied and operational carbon in existing buildings and new construction.

View the full report at bit.ly/3UUzMjv.

Hazus Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses for the United States

Research from U.S. Geological Survey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency finds earthquakes cause $14.7 billion in damages on an annualized basis nationwide—twice that of the previous estimate. 

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